Public service defines the career of Manuel Lopez, the president and CEO of the Tejano Center for Community Concerns. His focus on the well-being of others, particularly those in need of economic and social/community assistance and resources, has been a hallmark of his work for nearly 40 years. His experience in helping others, particularly in low-income Hispanic communities, has included building and sustaining programs and services that empower individuals, transforming their lives.
Mr. Lopez has been a driving force at the Tejano Center since it began in 1992. He served as the chief operating officer and housing programs manager and was responsible for program and financial management as well as the supervision of all homeownership and projects and multifamily initiatives. In 2011, he was named president and CEO of the entire Tejano Center and now ensures the successful operation of all programs and strategic partnerships, including the Raul Yzaguirre Schools for Success, the Affordable Housing Program, the Adult Education Program, the Youth Shelter and Foster Care Program, the Juvenile Justice Diversion Program, the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic, and the Victims of Crime Act Outreach and Support Program.
His previous work at other nonprofit organizations, both in South Texas and in Houston, have provided the necessary experience in knowing what works to help plan, finance, and implement effective programs that make a meaningful difference for neighborhoods in need. Prior to his tenure at the Tejano Center, Mr. Lopez served as the executive director of the Valley Investment and Development Association in McAllen, Texas; and later as the deputy executive director and housing division manager at the Association for the Advancement of Mexican-Americans in Houston. He also has worked in community health, manpower training, and rural development, and served as a city manager.
Mr. Lopez graduated from Pan American University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He also attended the University of Denver’s counseling program.